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15 April 2012

Stories from 15 April 2012

Colombia: Painter and Sculptor Fernando Botero Celebrates 80

On April 19, 2012 the Colombian sculptor and painter Fernando Botero will turn 80 years old. The celebrations for his birthday have already started in Colombia and other parts of...

French Presidential Candidate's Video to Attract Minorities

François Hollande, the left wing candidate in the French presidential elections recently posted a video on youTube showing him walking in the French suburbs surrounded by minorities to the music...

Colombia: Explosions near the US embassy in Bogotá

On the night of April 13, against the backdrop of the Summit of the  Americas [es] (a meeting of the continent's heads of State), explosions were heard [es] near the...

Armenia: The mob rules

Unzipped again comments on last week's cancelled festival of Azerbaijani films in Armenia's second largest city of Gyumri. The blog concludes that the campaign and demonstration against local peace activist...

Business Prospects in Myanmar

Aim Sinpeng writes about the booming business prospects in Myanmar. Foreign investments have risen especially after the government has pledged to implement some key political and economic reforms

Thailand: Free Apps for Tourists

Thailand's tourism authority has launched a website where visitors can download apps for a wide range of smartphones to help them plan their stay in the country

Tracking the Location of Singaporeans in the World

Where Are We SG is a website which maps the location of Singaporeans around the world.

Guinea-Bissau: Military Attack Citizens in Demonstration

According to Simão Mendes National Hospital [pt], the military attacked citizens in a demonstration this morning, April 15, in front of the National Parliament of Guinea-Bissau. On Facebook they have...

Cuba: Uproar Over Ozzie Guillen's “Love” for Fidel Castro

Across digital and mainstream media, in the United States and Cuba, Miami Marlins baseball team manager Ozzie Guillén's comments on Fidel Castro unleashed a searing debate between baseball fans, political...

Egypt: The Fall, Rise and Fall of Omar Suleiman

On April 6 Omar Suleiman, Egypt's former vice president and intelligence chief, announced his candidacy for president. On April 13, tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Tahrir Square to...

Spain: King Juan Carlos and the Elephant in Botswana

Days after Felipe Juan Froilan accidentally shot himself in the foot during shooting practice, his grandfather, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, fell while he was hunting and broke his pelvis. This...

Azerbaijan: Emin Milli speaks at Amnesty International conference

Emin Milli, one of the two ‘donkey bloggers’ detained in July 2009 and later conditionally released in November 2010, posts the transcript of his speech delivered yesterday at Amnesty International...

Azerbaijan: Free Bakhtiyar Hajiyev

NetProphet comments on the case of Bakhtiyar Hajiyev, a young activist in Azerbaijan who was sentenced to two years in prison on what international human rights groups consider politically motivated...

Sweden: Visiting Rinkeby, Stockholm's Immigrant Ghetto

The Rinkeby district of Stockholm, Sweden is famous for its high concentration of immigrants. Curious outsiders have documented their visits.

China: The Uyghur Question

China Matter has an article discussing the best strategy for political groups to save the Uyghur identity, culture and spirit. The blogger believes that violence is not the way.

Egypt: The Drama of the Presidential Race

It's hard to predict the results of the presidential elections in Egypt, due to the dramatic events taking place every day. This post tries to shed light on the political...

Syria: Safana Baqleh, the “Freedom Harp”, Arrested in Damascus

When Rima Dali was arrested on April 9 for holding a banner reading “Stop the killing. We want to build a country for all Syrians”, musician Safana Baqleh was the...

Colombia: Approval of “Lleras Law 2.0″ Ignites Netizens’ Indignation

The approval by the Colombian Congress of a law popularly known as 'Lleras Law 2.0,' which reforms the framework to legislate and regulate copyright and intellectual property, sparked indignation among...

Panama: Traffic Congestion Sparks Online Reports and Complaints

Transport is one of Panama's biggest problems and traffic jams are an everyday occurrence in the Panamanian capital. Social networking sites, especially Twitter, are seen as a good way of...

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